Reading List for “Pathways to Meaning” August 2013

Lori Kendall and I are teaching a PhD course in a few weeks called “Pathways to Meaning.”  It’s an exercise-based course, where participants get to learn more about and practice some specific analytical tools, as well as play with different empirical approaches.   Here’s our reading list for 2013.



Mol, A., & Law, J. (2002 ). Complexities: An introduction. In Law, J. & Mol, A. (Eds). Complexities: Social studies of knowledge practices (1-22).  Duke University Press.

Goodall, H. L. (2003). What is Interpretive Ethnography? An Eclectic’s Tale.  In Clair, R. P. (Ed.). Expressions of Ethnography (pp. 55-64).  Albany, NY: Suny Press.

Markham, A. (2013). Remix Cultures, Remix Methods: Reframing qualitative inquiry for social media contexts. In Denzin, N., & Giardina, M. (Eds.). Global dimensions of qualitative inquiry (pp. 63-81). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Baym, N. K, & Markham, A. N. (2009).  What constitutes quality in qualitative internet research? In Markham, A. & Baym, N. (Eds.). Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method (pp. 173-198).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. (reference list here)

Baym, N. K., & Markham, A. N. (2009). Introduction: Making smart choices on shifting ground. In Markham, A. N., & Baym, N. K. (Eds.). Internet inquiry: Conversations about Method (pp. vii-xix). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (reference list here)


Geertz, C. (1973). Thick description: toward an interpretive theory of culture (from his book The interpretation of cultures: selected essays (pp. 3-30). New-York: Basic Books.). In Lincoln, Y. S., & Denzin, N. K. (Eds.). Turning points in qualitative research (pp. 143-159). Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira.

Charmaz, K.  (1983).  The Grounded Theory Method: An Explication and Interpretation. In Emerson, R. (Ed.). Contemporary Field Research (pp. 109-126). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

Kendall, L. (2008). James Bond, Peter Pan, and A Sticky Night of Love: Irony and Masculinities in Amateur Animated Videos. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 16(2), 124-139.


Markham, A. (2003). Metaphorically Shaping our Understanding of the Internet: Tool, Place, Way of Being. Unpublished manuscript.

Smith, R. C., & Eisenberg, E. (1987). Conflict at Disneyland: A root metaphor analysis. Communication Monographs, 54. 367-380.


Rose, G. (2007). “Chapter 1: Researching visual materials: towards a critical visual methodology,” and “Chapter 7: Discourse analysis I: text, intertextuality, context,” from Visual Methodologies.  London: Sage.

Barthes, R. (1967/68). Death of the Author.

Hirsch (1997). “Introduction.” From Family Frames: Photography, narrative, and postmemory.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Markula, P., & Denison, J. (2000). See Spot Run: Movement as an Object of Textual Analysis. Qualitative Inquiry, 6(3), 406-431. DOI: 10.1177/107780040000600308

Clarke, A. (2003). Situational Analyses: Grounded Theory Mapping After the Postmodern Turn. Symbolic Interaction, 26(4), 553- 576.

Markham, A. (2012). Fabrication as ethical practice: Qualitative inquiry in ambiguous internet contexts. Information, Communication, & Society, DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2011.641993

1 Comment

  1. Jay Lemke
    Aug 7, 2013

    Thanks, Annette & Lori, for making this reading list available. Many useful references, and packs in a lot for a short course! I like the notion of an ethnography of documents. Good luck with the course!

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